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86-76, 2nd in AL West

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

The Astros look right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium with their team speed and excellent outfield defense. Those home runs by George Springer and Colby Rasmus were a bonus tonight. But that's the way A.J. Hinch's lineup rolls.

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Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales just delivered the Royals' 5th ever multi-homer game in the postseason. His home runs came in the 2nd and 4th innings as the Royals pulled within 3-2 against the Astros. The last Royals multi-homer game in the playoffs came when George Brett hit two in the '85 ALCS vs. the Blue Jays.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros and Royals are in a rain delay in Kansas City. The stoppage in play came at the end of the 2nd inning with the Astros leading 3-1. A member of the KC grounds crew was swallowed under the tarp as it was being unrolled, but appeared to be OK.

Astros plate 2 runs in the first

Houston loaded the bases with no outs off Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, and RBI groundouts from Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis put them up 2-0 before the Royals even came to the plate. This is the first start where Ventura has allowed multiple runs in the first inning since June 6. Follow live

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Can Royals shake up Astros' pitching?

Anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Royals didn't fare well against the Astros' rotation during the regular season. Houston's pitching staff averaged a 2.18 ERA against Kansas City. Moreover, they completely neutralized the Royals' power.


Astros' Game 1 starter: Collin McHugh

  • 2015 regular season: 19-7, 3.89 ERA
  • 1 career start vs. KC in 2014: 7 IP, 9 K, 0 ER

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Small sample size, but the Houston Astros' starting lineup is batting a collective .286 (10-for-35) lifetime against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Jason Castro is 4-for-8 (.500) while Jose Altuve is 1-for-7 (.143). They have 0 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Astros struggle on the road

The Astros face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Game 1 of the ALDS tonight, but Houston has been better on the road: Their 33-48 away record is seventh-worst in MLB, and they're 12-22 on the road after the All-Star Break (fourth-worst).

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Astros hold CF Gomez out of Game 1 vs. Royals

Astros manager A.J. Hinch held center fielder Carlos Gomez out of the starting lineup in Game 1 of the AL Division Series with a strained left intercostal.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Jake Marisnick is playing CF and batting 9th for Astros in ALDS Game 1. Carlos Gomez is out with oblique injury. Manager A.J. Hinch says Gomez is available off the bench tonight and might start Game 2.

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McHugh vs. Ventura in Game 1

The Astros will send 19-game winner Collin McHugh to the mound opposite Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura in Thursday's ALDS opener.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Today's lineups for ALDS Game 1 between Royals and Astros

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Johnny Cueto sounds supremely confident heading into his Game 2 ALDS start with Royals. "You'll get to see what Johnny Cueto is all about," he said. Yep, in third person.

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Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can't give you the visual, but here's the Jays lineup: Revere LF, Donaldson 3B, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Tulowitzki SS, Smoak 1B, Martin C, Goins 2B, Pillar CF, Price LHP

Stats & Info

ALDS preview: Astros vs. Royals

Here's a look at some of the key head-to-head stats from this season as Kansas City gets set to host Houston in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday night.

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Grantland: ALDS Preview: Breaking Down Rangers vs. Blue Jays and Astros vs. Royals

The Blue Jays were under .500 as late as July 28 and finished with a historically great run differential and a six-game edge in the AL East. The Rangers were under .500 as late as August 13 and won the AL West. The Astros and Royals have the fewest and third-fewest wins over the past 10 seasons, yet here they are, brazenly being good baseball teams, as if that's just normal now and we're supposed to sit back and accept it. It should be a fun ride, so let's preview some playoff games.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Comfortable temperatures are expected in Kansas City tonight for the ALDS opener between the Astros and Royals. According to AccuWeather, it will be mostly cloudy and 72 degrees at first pitch. A light passing shower is possible. Winds blowing out to RF at 8-16 mph.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25021st
On Base Percentage.31516th
Slugging Percentage.4372nd
Earned Run Average3.576th
Quality Starts945th

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